Happy World Standards Day!
Each year on 14 October, the members of the IEC, ISO and ITU celebrate World Standards Day, which is a means of paying tribute to the collaborative efforts of the thousands of experts worldwide who develop the voluntary technical agreements that are published as international standards. One of those standards is the ISO/IEC 19.770-1 for the Software Asset Management process. As with many of the process frameworks, organisations struggle with the practical implementation and securing of the roles and responsibility in the existing organisation.[ Read more ]
Celebrating successes on IBM compliance, control and million Euro cost savings
Softline Solutions’ IBM licensing expert Jan van Kempen can look back on an extremely successful first half of 2017 where he unearthed savings potentials on IBM licenses of between 200.000 and 3 million Euro’s for several of our customers. Thus creating the best ROI ever for the customer on the consultancy costs.[ Read more ]
IBM Virtualisation: Sub-capacity vs. Full-capacity, know your potential savings!
Because of technical developments in the infrastructure, your organisation has changed over the last years and you adapted many of these necessary changes. Concepts such as scalability, security, optimal flexibility, accountability and availability are not strange to you. In particular, virtualisation has seen a strong development in recent years and it might also have been implemented in your company. The majority of your servers probably runs in a virtualised environment.[ Read more ]
Software Asset Management and SaaS
Let me take you to a ‘SAM-journey’ that was started by my colleague Rudi Bissels, who in a previous blog described Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS) in relation to Software Asset Management.[ Read more ]
I want an overview of my software assets, and I want it now!
As you may have read in the interview with Dennis Montanje (Managing Director Softline Solutions Northern Europe) there are many reasons for an organisation to start with Software Asset Management. Let me share with you the train of thought of an undisclosed customer who struggles with this topic.[ Read more ]
Communication is crucial and this also applies to a successful SAM policy!
“The biggest single problem in communication is the illusion it has taken place” – George Bernard Shaw[ Read more ]
From SAM assessment to SAM strategy
Every company that surpasses the level of small and medium-sized enterprise has to face the facts: the chance of a vendor review or audit is real and even more likely as the company uses more standard software. If you want to avoid unplanned and unwanted expenditures, you will first have to define a Software Asset Management (SAM) strategy. This strategy must describe the measures that have to be taken from an organisational, process-driven and technical point of view, in order to avoid compliance risks and to possibly generate cost reduction.[ Read more ]
Are you a Global License Manager or a premier-league football trainer?
Imagine yourself... You are recently assigned as the new Global License Manager or SAM Manager in a multinational company. I would like to make a comparison with a football trainer in the premier-league. A trainer that is already experienced and recognizes quality, but who also inherits some financial and administrative problems, left by his predecessors. But being a professional sportsman you face these problems and you create a plan. Because your objectives are not very different to those of a top club: create an overview, build a solid team for the years to come, establish a good financial position and being in control.[ Read more ]
SAP license management in medium and large companies
It is commonly known that unnecessary expenditures can be prevented with good Software Asset Management (SAM). Classifying and maintaining the ‘installed base’, as well as optimising the registered licenses is not an easy task. Particularly when SAP is involved and even more in a multinational environment. Especially complexity and dynamic play a role in ‘being in control’ when it comes to SAM for SAP.[ Read more ]
Interview with Dennis Montanje: Arguments for the implementation of Software Asset Management
Every month we pose 5 questions to Dennis Montanje about Software Asset Management related issues. The topic of this interview is ‘arguments for the implementation of Software Asset Management’.[ Read more ]
SAM tool implementation: lessons learned
In my previous blog “SAM tool: The first step to maturity” I wrote about what an organisation faces after a SAM tool is implemented. Now I go further back, to the process of implementation.[ Read more ]
Your licenses and Cloud Service
What about the compliance responsibility of your licenses when you use the Cloud Service?
Increasingly, companies return to core business and at the same time want optimum flexibility regarding IT when outsourcing. Outsourcing of IT services usually means hiring services through the Cloud, in lots of varieties. Think about virtualisation with dedicated hardware (Private Cloud) up to Software as a Service (SaaS) and all possible forms in between. But what are the consequences for the existing licenses and software contracts?
Software responsibility is the Achilles heel in Software Asset Management
An Achilles heel is a weak spot in a healthy human being or a good functioning system. The name is derived from the Greek mythological hero Achilles, who at his birth was immersed in the water of the underworld river by his mother, to make him invulnerable. As she had to be able to hold him, she grabbed his heel, which from that moment on remained the only weak spot in his body and finally led to his doom.[ Read more ]
SAMmanaged: Reducing the SAM workload
In my daily function as manager operations I often see interesting main themes in the way organisations seek optimal balance between effective Software Asset Management and their own business case, focus and resources.[ Read more ]
SAM tool: the first step to maturity
A proper SAM tool is essential when you seriously want to start working with Software Asset Management (SAM). After purchasing (in-house or hosted) one of the first tasks on the to-do list is filling the SAM tool with available data. This usually means transferring data from available spreadsheets and databases. When the SAM tool is set up, the importance of this first step is immediately clear. Eventually, you will encounter the following problems:[ Read more ]